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Volume 2, Issue 23                                                                             March 20, 2017


Police Files

Arson Saturday evening – suspect arrested

Newport Beach emergency personnel responded at 5:52 p.m. for a structure fire in the 4600 block of W. Coast Hwy.

There they arrested Christopher Scott Sharp, 26, no fixed address, for arson of an occupied restaurant. Bail was set at $250,000. 

An arson was also earlier reported on Le Mans. 

We will have more information in Thursday’s edition. 

Robbery Saturday morning – suspects arrested

Saturday at 6:20 a.m., officers responded to MacArthur and Villagio for an armed robbery. The two suspects apprehended at the scene both had cutting instruments.

Samuel Arthur Morris, 25, no fixed address, and Trevor Nicholas Stephani, 26, Laguna Niguel, were both arrested for robbery and held with $50,000 bail each. 

Slew of drug arrests this week

Newport Beach police officers had a busy week of drug busts last week, arresting four people for possession of drugs for sales.

First, on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., officers went to Huntington Beach and arrested Sean Schoepflin, 37, of Huntington Beach, for possession and transportation of narcotics for sales. His bail was $30,000.

Next up on Tuesday was Bodunrin Oriche Harrison Jr., 29, Newport Beach, at 4 p.m. on Goldenrod Avenue & E. Coast Hwy. He was nabbed for possession of narcotics for sales and held with $25,000 bail.

That wasn’t it for Tuesday – at 10:27 p.m. on 62nd Street & W. Coast Hwy, officers arrested Richard Perry Baker, 48, Tustin. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting officers, and two warrants for possession of dangerous drugs – plus possession of a controlled substance for sales. His bail was $50,000. 

Finally, on Thursday at 7:09 p.m., officers went to the 18800 block of Douglass in Irvine. There they arrested Grace Jena Perez, 29, Torrance for possession of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics for sales, and possession of a controlled substance for sales. She was held with $25,000 bail. In addition to Perez, Lynne Charles Vanderwall, 46, of Newport Beach, was arrested on four warrants. Two of these were for violating a protective order, one was for resisting officers, and the fourth was for knowingly passing bad checks. He was held with $145,000 bail. 

Don’t forget – scroll down to Police Beat for all of the recent crimes and arrests reported in Newport Beach

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Fair Game


it’s March and the madness is in full swing


It’s March and there’s madness all around Newport Beach. No, it has nothing to do with City Council, the Museum House project, Line in the Sand or anything else political.

It has to do with basketball. With USC and UCLA both playing in the NCAA tournament this year, people have been alive with excitement. All around town you can see people wearing “colors” to support their team.

For me, I root for the University of Arizona. No, I never attended, but paying for my daughter’s education there somehow seems to give me the right to root them on. It was an expensive way to find a favorite team.

So what kind of fan am I? Well my daughter, Ashley, was in Salt Lake City last week for a tourism conference (she serves as President and CEO of Visit Laguna Beach). Mid-week she called me and said she had two tickets to the opening round game between Arizona and the University of North Dakota right down the block from where she was staying.

It was an easy decision. Thursday, with an early morning flight out of JWA, connection in Oakland, I made it to SLC with time to spare. The game was awesome and, of course Arizona won, but spending time with your kid, even though she’s now 33, is “priceless” as MasterCard says.

We started doing “stuff” together years ago. It’s always been our time. Even after she married, her husband understood. Our relationship is one of the things I’m most proud of in my life.

Now, I know I’m not alone. Many dads have special relationships with their kids. I like that.

In fact, two weeks ago at StuNewsNewport’s Coffee on Us event at Xanadu Café, I spent some time with City Councilman Will O’Neill.

Family came up early in our discussion. O’Neill made it clear he couldn’t stay long because “today I have to pick-up my daughter from pre-school, we get some ice cream and I get to hear about her day.”

His daughter Aubrey is just four-and-a-half.  

Will talked about the importance of this and does this routine “every two weeks or so.” At night, he and Aubrey are currently reading Charlotte’s Web, a chapter at a time.

Sean, Will’s son, is still too young for any routine. But already, he joins his older sister, dad and mom (Jenny) taking part in events around town like beach clean-ups and such.

O’Neill also mentioned a new developing tradition: “Family movie night, we borrow a movie from the library and order a pizza.”

Does it get any better than that?

Time will tell what kind of city councilman O’Neill will become, but his commitment to his kids is something I think tells you about the person himself. On this subject, I’m already a huge fan.

Oh, and before I forget how and why we got into this, go Wildcats!

Elsewhere around town: At the last city council meeting Mayor Kevin Muldoon asked to have the consideration of a “John Wayne Park” added to a future council agenda. 

At the same time, Councilman Jeff Herdman said he’s received multiple requests to change the name of Balboa Island Park to Ralph Rodheim Park.

Let us know at StuNewsNewport if you like these ideas, one, both or none.

Finally, I joined the Celebration of Life for longtime Newport Beach resident and South Coast Plaza legend Werner Escher at the Westin South Coast Plaza last Saturday (March 18). The walkway leading into the celebration was adorned with reminders of a truly special and gifted life, with plaques, medals, framed news articles, trophies and other recognition from all around the world.

Werner also starred as a linebacker back in the day at UCLA. 

He was truly one-of-a-kind.

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NB Lifeguards win the challenge

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The Newport Beach Fire Dept. is pictured with a “local colorful cow” and painted lifeguard tower – the friendly competition continues…

On Saturday, March 18, the Newport Beach Police Dept., Fire Dept. and Lifeguards came together in a friendly competition to raise funds in support of the Ben Carlson Memorial & Scholarship Foundation and Baker 2 Vegas 2017, a 120-mile trek through the desert.

Congratulations to the Lifeguards who ruled the sand at Marina Park with their winning shark sculpture. The competition consisted of three, five man teams.


Now’s the time to enter the Wooden Boat Festival

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It’s time for boat owners to show off their hard work and love of wooden boats. The Fourth Annual Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival presented by Balboa Yacht Club will be the gathering for 50 of the best wooden hull boats on the West Coast the weekend of June 10-11. Applications can now be submitted for entry into the Festival. 

Sail, power and human-powered “show-ready” boats of all sizes are eligible. Boats will arrive on Friday, June 9 with the public display on Saturday, June 10, and the Heritage Boat Parade and Sail By on Sunday, June 11. 

Call 949.673.3515 for more information or download an application at

The “Early Bird” application deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, April 14. Pay only $50 and save $50 by entering early. After April 14, the boat application fee is $100. 

Space is limited, so don’t miss the deadline. The committee will make its selection by May 1 from the completed applications and invite the chosen boats to participate.


Easy ways to connect with City Council

The following is a list of scheduled town hall meetings or regularly scheduled office hours to Newport Beach City Council members. All events are free and open to the public.

Diane Dixon

Council District 1 Town Hall

Monday, April 3: 6:30-8 p.m.

Marina Park

1600 W. Balboa Blvd.

Topics covered will include updates on the following City projects and programs:

Peninsula trolley update

Boardwalk safety update

Peninsula crosswalk study update

To contact Diane Dixon: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brad Avery

Council District 2 Town Hall

Monday, March 27: 6:30-8 p.m.

Mariners Branch Library

1300 Irvine Ave.

Topics covered will include updates on the following City projects and programs:

Newport Heights alley paving

15th Street sidewalk

Traffic Safety and Policing

Mariner’s Mile

To contact Brad Avery: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Will O’Neill

Council District 7 Office Hours

Thursday, April 13: 8-10 a.m. 

Newport Coast Community Center

6401 San Joaquin Hills Road

To contact Will O’Neill: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CERT training can save lives during a disaster


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On Saturday, March 18, the Newport Beach Fire Department held its most recent Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.

This program is designed to prepare concerned citizens on how to help themselves, their family and their neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, each of us can make a difference by using CERT training to save lives and protect property.


Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment’s notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate lifesaving and life sustaining needs.

To view the upcoming Spring CERT class training schedule and to register, visit or call 949.644.3112. Classes, held at Newport Beach Fire Station No. 7 (20401 Acacia) are free of charge to Newport Beach residents.


ENC to hold 14th annual Spring Faire

Save the date for the 14th Annual Spring Faire and Butterfly House opening at the Environmental Nature Center on Sunday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come and join the youth art exhibit for ages 4 - 18 with the themed challenge, “Creativity and Climate Change.” Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in four age categories. Check out the Butterfly House with OC nature butterflies and the plants they depend on. Host plants are munched on by caterpillars, while nectar plants provide nectar to the adult butterflies. You can also purchase native plants that attract butterflies and birds to your backyard.

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Discover the El Segundo Blue Butterfly at ENC’s Spring Faire

Purchase a re-usable ENC canvas bag for $5 which is your “ticket” to make awesome crafts presented by Girl Scout Troop 2917. This year’s crafts will feature endangered wildlife from California: specifically the Salt Marsh Birds Beak, San Mateo Thorn Mint, Green Sea Turtle, Northern Spotted Owl, Wolverine and El Segundo Blue Butterfly.

Kids – decorate your body with face painted butterflies and caterpillars or henna designs on your hands and feet. Moms and Dads – get a massage from the folks from Greet the Day. 

Gather ‘round the Fire Circle Stage and listen to Save Queen Green and the Younger Singers of Orange County. Watch a live Bird of Prey presentation with hawks and owls from the OC Bird of Prey Center, check out Francisco the Bug Guy with his anthropods and learn how to deal with drought from the Metropolitan Water District.

Attendees will also enjoy delicious food from restaurants including Pie-Not, Three Seventy Common and Rita’s Ice Custard Happiness, among others. 

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. Call 949.645.8489.

WiNN was a win win

Michelle Steel

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(L - R): Orange County Board of Supervisors Chair Michelle Steel, Newport Beach Police Volunteer of the Year Dorothy “Dotty” McDonald, Newport Beach Councilwoman Diane Dixon and Newport Beach Chief of Police Jon Lewis

On Thursday, March 16, WiNN (Women in Newport Networking) converged in the Community Room at City Hall, and the turnout was overwhelming!

Business women came together to find out how to get more involved and join the City’s boards, commissions and committees.

Michelle Steel, chair, Orange County Board of Supervisors, was an enlightening special guest speaker.


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(L - R): Jill Johnson-Tucker, Tracy Keys, Adrian Windor and Lisa Edwards

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NMUSD’s specialty elementary school programs are calling accepting applicants

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is currently seeking applications to three specialty elementary school programs in the following disciplines: a Modern Scholars program at Adams Elementary, a Bi-literacy program in Mandarin at College Park Elementary and a Spanish bi-literacy program at Whittier Elementary.

These programs are available for kindergarten, first grade and second grade students. The bi-literacy programs are available to all NMUSD students, regardless of their zone of residence.

For additional information and links to the online applications, visit

MOMS OC and Hoag receive grant to help at-risk mothers and babies

Santa Ana-based nonprofit MOMS Orange County recently received a $72,693 grant from the HealthCare Foundation for Orange County (HFOC) with Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian as the hospital partner. The grant was part of HFOC’s 2017 Grant Awards and will be used to support the MOMS Orange County’s Pregnancy and Diabetes Program by providing diabetes screenings, prevention education and support to at-risk mothers and babies.

“We are deeply grateful to The HealthCare Foundation for Orange County and our partners at Hoag for their continued support and commitment to our programs and the families we serve,” said MOMS Orange County CEO Pam Pimentel, RN. “This grant will help us to screen for and prevent high-risk pregnant women from developing gestational diabetes and improve birth outcomes for the families we serve.”

According to a 2011 Orange County Health Care Agency report, gestational diabetes was the common, serious prenatal condition, affecting more than 7 percent of pregnancies or 1 in 14 women. Unfortunately, like other forms of type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes is most prevalent in low-income and minority populations. Risks of gestational diabetes to both mothers and babies are extensive and include prematurity, excessive birth weight, high blood pressure, respiratory distress syndrome and other problems. Both mother and baby are at risk for type 2 diabetes later in life and babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes have nearly double the risk of becoming obese in childhood.


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MOMS Orange County’s Pregnancy and Diabetes Program is designed to prevent high-risk pregnant women from developing gestational diabetes and improve birth outcomes for babies born to high-risk and diabetic mothers. Women involved in the nonprofit’s program are provided with pregnancy and diabetes prevention education and self-management support through risk screenings, culturally and linguistically competent in-home health visits, and targeted group classes in Spanish and Vietnamese.

MOMS Orange County is expecting to serve approximately 2,000 mothers and 1,500 babies living in Central Orange County during the grant period.

“Hoag is honored to partner with MOMS Orange County on such an pivotal program that is improving the lives of at-risk pregnant women and babies in our community,” said Gwyn P. Parry, M.D., director, Department of Community Health and Community Benefit Programs at Hoag.

The HealthCare Foundation was formed in 1999 and is dedicated to funding effective, preventative health programs for women and children through independent and collaborative grant making activity.

“This year’s grant cycle was extremely competitive with an exceptional list of foundations positively contributing to the community,” said David Dobos, chair of the Grants Committee for HFOC. “We are fortunate to have such strong organizations in Orange County that are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and women and we are pleased to invest in MOMS Orange County’s programs to help families have healthy babies.”

Spring Adoption Guild Luncheon raises much-needed funds for Holy Family Services

The 56th annual Spring Adoption Guild Patroness Luncheon unfolded at the chic Newport Beach Country Club attracting 260 women for the fashion event. Featuring seasonal prêt-à-porter from Elie Tahari Fashion Island, C/Dobbs Corona del Mar and Bailey 44 Newport Beach, a lively fashion runway show produced by Couture Productions entertained the women who had a serious purpose in mind coming together.

As the country club staff served its signature salmon citrus salad, the talk was all about raising as much money as possible to support the work of Holy Family Services Adoption and Foster Care outreach. Wallets were opened wide, handmade baskets filled with treasures turned into silent auction items, and sold in over bids, ultimately raising $100,000. 

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(L-R): Jeannie Hidey, co-event chair; Christine Johnson, co-event chair; Pam Selber, co-president; and Pam Fossler, co-president

Making it happen was a host of stand-up women led by co-chairs Jeannie Hidey, Christine Johnson, and Adoption Guild co-presidents Pamela Selber and Pamela Fossler. Donors included Jackie Glass, Britt Meyer, Susan Price, Joy Emerson, Susan Devens, Liz Maxson, Cricket White, Nancy Collins, Merily Wilson and Sue Grant among others.

Entertainer and master of ceremonies Jim Roberts kept the pace lively with auction/opportunity drawing items including a $2,500 gift certificate to Fashion Island, and coveted theater tickets to “Hamilton” coming to Los Angeles. Ladies’ Spring attire including Stephanie Peleuses, Shan Vincent, Katherine Meredith, Mary Allen Dexter, Liz Hogan, Chris Garber, Patrice Werschmidt and Tina Retosi complemented the verdant display of pale yellow tulips adorning the club tables. As the wait staff delivered a decadent chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream, inspirational speeches enthralled the crowd.

Adoption Guild leaders shared the value of their generosity. “Did you know that most adoption agencies provide counseling to the birth parent for just three months after giving birth?,” shared co-president Pamela Selber. “I am proud to say that our birth parents are promised free counseling whenever they need to talk, now or 10 years from now. Our professional counselors are available to discuss grief or guilt, or any aspect of their decision to give up their child to offer confirmation that the child they gave birth to will be loved. Donations make this possible.”

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(L-R): Back row – Debbie Sampson, Jackie Glass and Joy Emerson; Front row – Nancy Collins and Britt Meyer 

In addition, funding from the Guild supports the services of registered pediatric nurse Connie O’Neill, also a certified doula. O’Neill is thoroughly involved with providing infant care education, support during pregnancy, labor and delivery, as well as extensive follow up after infant placement.

In addition, Adoption Guild funding supports the vast record keeping of Holy Family Services. Its files are a vital link to the past for adopted children seeking information as adults. “HFS is the intermediary between the adoptive family, adoptee and the birth parents.” This important historical link along with providing very basic services such as supplying new adoptive families with diapers, formula and all the necessities required for infant care, are all part of the process funded by Guild donations.

Coming up on May 26-29, the Adoption Guild will sponsor its major annual event, the 56th Annual Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Tennis Classic in Newport Beach.

For more information on Holy Family Services, visit

Poster art exhibit at JWA through April 2017

An art poster exhibit is on display now through April 2017 in the VI Smith Concourse Gallery (post-security) at John Wayne Airport.

David Hockney

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David Hockney Image from the exhibit ‘The Art of Posters, The Posters of Art’

Bridal Show to be held at picturesque Newport Dunes

Calling all brides, grooms, wedding planners and parents of the bride…you’re invited to the 2017 Premier Bridal & Fashion Show on Sunday, March 26 at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Guests will have the opportunity to meet with myriad wedding professionals and enjoy a Bridal Fashion Show while snacking on hors d’oeuvres with a complimentary glass of champagne.

Vendors showcasing their products and services including gowns, tuxes and dresses include Casablanca Bridal, Halston Heritage and Friar Tux Shop. Vendors include: Signature Party Rentals, Chris Lindsay Floral Designs, DJ Desi Productions, bakeries, honeymoon services, invitations, party rentals, photographers and more.

Admission is $5 at the door. Brides who pre-register will receive complimentary admission for themselves and a guest!

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. Call 949.729.3800.

If your garden is smart and sustainable, listen up

Enter Roger’s Gardens’ 10th Annual “Orange County CALIFORNIA FRIENDLY ® Gardening Contest.” 

A California Friendly garden features smart and sustainable landscaping. It is designed in harmony with the surrounding environment using beautiful less-than-thirsty plants, state-of-the-art irrigation control and precision sprinkler heads. 

The CALIFORNIA FRIENDLY Garden Contest celebrates and rewards these outstanding gardens with cash prizes and other awards.

The contest runs now through Friday, June 2. To enter go to

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Pacific Symphony to perform magical Harry Potter concert

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Harry Potter and his magic wand in the Chamber of Secrets™ 

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second film in the Harry Potter franchise. On May 12 and 13, the acclaimed Pacific Symphony Orchestra will perform John Williams’ unforgettable score from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets while the film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen. 

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series, which is another magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, kicked off in June 2016 with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and is scheduled to include hundreds of performances across more than 35 countries around the world through 2018. 

Tickets for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets start at $39 and will go on sale Sunday, March 19 at 10 a.m. They will be available online at, by calling 714.556.2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, cars fly, trees fight back and a mysterious house-elf comes to warn Harry Potter at the start of the second year of his amazing journey into the world of wizardry. This year at Hogwarts, spiders talk, letters scold and Harry’s own unsettling ability to speak to snakes turns his friends against him. From Dueling Clubs to rogue Bludgers, it’s a year of adventure and danger when bloody writing on a wall announces: “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened.” Saving Hogwarts will require all of Harry’s, Ron’s and Hermione’s magical abilities and courage. 


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Professor Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts

Earning a Grammy nomination for the score, the bewitching and incredible music composed by John Williams became an instant classic, conjuring beautiful and soaring motifs continuing the adventures of Harry Potter on his magical adventures. 

This film concert series has been created by CineConcerts, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and will be conducted by its creator and producer Justin Freer. He explains, “The Harry Potter film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduced for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. It is an unforgettable event.” 

For more information on the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, visit

Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Moments Between Oceans, Continuing through March 24. This collage of original photography from Scott Amling of seashell still life, along with shots from nearby Balboa Peninsula to settings farther away like Kauai, Hawaii and Hokkaido, Japan is on display at Central Library. Amling’s passion for photography began with his interest in architecture. His first professional camera was a Hasselblad 501CM with an 80mm lens. Although he has attended many different photography classes, most of his experience has been through experimentation and hours of trial and error. Many of his photos are from trips throughout the U.S. in Colorado, Oregon and California as well as traveling internationally to Mexico, Spain, Portugal, England, France and Greece. Presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission, the photographs are located throughout the lower level of Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Moments Between Oceans

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“Moments Between Oceans” is a photographic collage of seashell life 

Tuesdays @ 2: YouTube Basics, March 21 & 28 from 2 - 4 p.m. Enhance your YouTube experience with tips and tricks on viewing, browsing and searching for your favorite videos. Central Library Friends Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Spring Crafts, March 21 from 4 - 5 p.m. Make fun crafts celebrating Spring. For ages 3-8 and children must be accompanied by an adult. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Lego “Block” Party, March 22 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program. No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

AP Practice Test, March 25 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Sharpen your test-taking skills with a free, full-length practice AP test, in partnership with C2 Education of Newport Beach. Students can choose between AP World History, AP U.S. History, AP Biology, AP Chemistry or AP Calculus AB. Students don’t need to bring pencil or paper, but can bring a calculator if they wish. There is no charge for the test, but students must register and space is limited. Sign up at the Library’s website. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800. Note: Test Results for students attending this session will take place on April 6 at 7 p.m. This also takes place in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room. 

Don Quixote for Kids, March 25 from 12 - 1 p.m. The Festival Ballet Theatre presents highlights from the ballet Don Quixote. Join the gallant Don Quixote on his knightly quests across old-world Spain in Festival Ballet Theatre’s rendition of this beloved ballet, based on the novel by Miguel Cervantes. Families will enjoy this one-hour narrated and abridged version of the beloved tale. The Don Quixote ballet is an adventurous introduction to Spanish literature, music, culture, and history. Bring a picnic and your beach chairs for this special spring event. No alcohol is permitted. Parking and admission are free. This free outdoor performance is supported by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive., Newport Beach.

Trio Accento

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Trio Accento performs as part of the Sunday Musicales series of classical music

Trio Accento, March 26 at 3 p.m. This exciting new piano trio’s performances have been exuberantly welcomed by audiences and presenters wherever they appear. Violinist Limor Toren-Immerman, cellist Maksim Velichkin and pianist Nora Chiang Wrobel have a collective history of decades of solo, chamber music and orchestral performances in some of the country’s top venues and with renowned groups and orchestras. Together they create a dynamic voice full of tenderness, passion and color. This Sunday Musicale is presented by the Friends of the Library. Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis, limited by room capacity. This is part of the ongoing Sunday Musicales series that offers a wide range of classical music. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Medicine in Our Backyard: Dr. C. Gregory Albers and Dr. William Karnes, March 27 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. They will speak on colorectal health. C. Gregory Albers, M.D., FACG is the Director, Diagnostic Services, H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Center and Professor, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Department of Medicine, UC Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Albers is a board-certified gastroenterologist whose clinical interests include capsule endoscopy, colon cancer screening, gastroesophageal reflux, inflammatory bowel disease, gut microbiome interactions and irritable bowel syndrome. William Karnes, M.D. is the Director, Colon Cancer Prevention Program, H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center and Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Department of Medicine, UC Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Karnes is a fellowship-trained gastroenterologist who specializes in disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, including colorectal cancer screening, gastrointestinal reflux disease, swallowing disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, peptic ulcers and esophageal disorders. The event is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Lecture with a Q&A from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949.717.3818.

Let’s Talk Tech: Photoshop &, March 28 from 7 - 8 p.m. Staff utilizes tutorials from to present an entry-level overview of Photosho[. Learn how to use the valuable resources in the Media Lab by attending these free training classes. This provides helpful training to navigate and enhance the Media Lab and Participants must have a valid library card to attend each session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Lego “Block” Party, March 29 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program. No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Artwork by Wassily Kandinsky

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Artwork by Wassily Kandinsky, 1923

Beyond the Canvas: Wassily Kandinsky, March 29 from 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Wassily Kandinksy was a Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting one of the first purely abstract works. Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa, where he graduated at Grekov Odessa Art school. Kandinsky’s creation of abstract work followed a long period of development and maturation of intense thought based on his artistic experiences. He called this devotion to inner beauty, fervor of spirit, and spiritual desire inner necessity; it was a central aspect of his art. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Genealogy Research Skills 102: Evidence Evaluation, March 29 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The strengths and weaknesses of data found in genealogical records, databases, and online websites are based upon the credibility, reliability, and quality of the data contained within the material. This class will explain how to classify and analyze sources, information, and evidence found in genealogical material as well as how those classifications help you identify and use the best quality material in your research. Registration is required. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

Books & Babies – It’s never too early for storytime. Introduce language and reading to the littlest lap-sitters, 6 - 24 months. Central on Mondays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; CdM on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Balboa on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Storytime – Start building a love of reading early with fun stories and songs for toddlers from 24-36 months. Please arrive on time and do not bring older siblings. Central on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Songs & Stories – Children 2 - 5 years of age will enjoy stories and music, while being introduced to guided movement, yoga and instruments. CdM on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Storytime – Stories, poems and songs will inspire literary, dramatic and musical fun for kids 3 - 5 years of age. Balboa on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; CdM on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Central on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Pajama Storytime – Children from age 3 - 7 can enjoy just-before-bed storytelling fun. Don’t forget to come in you pjs! Central on Mondays at 7 p.m.

Family Storytime – Enjoy family time with stories, songs and a craft geared especially for children ages 3-7. Central on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.


Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Alli Rael and Stu Saffer

Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Newport Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.

Information in the police department log is deemed reliable and StuNewsNewport is not responsible for mistakes made available as public record by

the Newport Beach Police Department.

Parents with children in school may contact 949-497-1615 to request that their names be omitted from Police Beat. The decision of StuNewsNewport is final.

Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat

647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate

DUI Arrests

Humberto Gutierrez, 23, Rancho Cucamonga – Saturday, March 18

Brian Scott Hampton, 35, Long Beach – Friday, March 17 With a Prior

Eric Rafael Lemus, 23, Santa Ana – Friday 

Ernest Dustan Hopkins, 43, Newport Beach – Friday With a Prior

Gemma Jucoy Medina, 49, Newport Beach – Tuesday, March 14 Hit and Run

Incident Reports

Saturday, March 18

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

James Davis, 26, Newport Beach

Cacey Scott, 29, Saugus

Newport Boulevard | 2400 Block | Assault

2:19 a.m. Ivee Deanda, 22, Garden Grove, was arrested for battery and for being drunk in public. Christopher Deanda, 26, Garden Grove, was arrested for assault and battery. Kevin Fajardo, 26, Cypress, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon with $25,000 bail. 

W. Coast Hwy & Balboa Boulevard | Drugs

2:53 p.m. Jared Brinkley, 22, Huntington Beach, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

W. Coast Hwy | 4500 Block | Warrant

4:20 p.m. William Samuel Gilliam II, 50, Costa Mesa, was arrested on a $1,500 warrant for illegal camping. 

W. Ocean Front | 2100 Block | Warrant

7:48 p.m. Cory Booth, 51, Newport Beach, was arrested on a $10,000 warrant for DUI.

Main Street & E. Balboa Boulevard | Drink in Public, Minor Possess Alcohol

9:53 p.m. Enrike Barahona Jr., 20, San Bernardino, was arrested for minor in possession of alcohol and for drinking in public. 

Friday, March 17

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Margaret Becerra, 25, Hesperia

Paul John Alberto Ulan, 22, Vista

Michael McInerney, 27, Dana Point

S. Pelican Hill Road | 22600 Block | Grand Theft

An unknown subject stole $1,800 worth of various items. 

Villa Point Drive | 300 Block | Drugs

1:57 p.m. Bijan Savoji, 27, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

28th Street & Newport Boulevard | Drugs

1:57 p.m. Christopher Sharp, 26, no fixed address, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Superior Avenue | 500 Block | Warrants

2:10 p.m. Robert Gold, 58, Santa Ana, was arrested on two warrants for driving without a license. 

16th Street & Sea Gull Lane | Drugs, Disobey Court Order

3:11 p.m. Ruben Avery Morales Perez, 51, Brea, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Gary Nicholas Seeds, 34, Costa Mesa, was arrested for the same charges as well as disobeying a court order. 

Irvine Avenue & 16th Street | Drugs

3:25 p.m. Costa Mesa resident Katherine Carlisle Taylor, 29, was arrested for possession of narcotics. 

Finley Avenue & 36th Street | Drugs

6:03 p.m. Gabriel A Cedillo, 28, Orange, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

E. Bay Street & Newport Boulevard | Suspended License, Drugs

6:50 p.m. In Costa Mesa, officers arrested Scott Landphere, 46, Costa Mesa, for driving on a suspended license and possession of marijuana. 

Thursday, March 16

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Sean Cobrun Corcoran, 41, Shelton

16th Street | 1600 Block | Burglary

Earlier in the month, an unknown subject entered a residence and took $6,160 worth of property. There were no signs of forced entry. 

Vista Dorado & Vista Del Oro | False ID

3:05 p.m. Keith Casey Jones, 31, no fixed address, was arrested for giving a false identification to officers. 

Bristol & Randolph | Drugs, Suspended License

4:03 p.m. Martin Ortega, 49, Orange, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and for driving while his license was suspended. 

S. Bay Front | 100 Block | Drugs, Warrant, Burglary Tools

7 p.m. Abel Leon Alvarez, 38, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of burglary tools, possession of a controlled substance, and a warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Bail was $12,500. 

Wednesday, March 15

Yacht Puritan | 1900 Block | Grand Theft

An unknown subject stole $10,000 worth of various items. 

Newport Coast Drive | 21100 Block | Shoplifting

A suspect shoplifted $1,260 worth of merchandise. 

Flagship Road | 400 Block | Grand Theft, Vehicle

Between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., an unknown subject stole about $1,000 worth of items from a vehicle. 

Newport Boulevard & Hospital Road | Parole, Drugs, Drive Without License

1:06 a.m. Richard Vargas, 23, Santa Ana, was arrested for no bail parole violation. Bryan Porras, 18, Santa Ana, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Edgar Miguel Ortiz Sanchez, 23, Santa Ana, was arrested for driving without a license, possession of marijuana while driving, and not having proper headlights. 

Santa Barbara Drive | 800 Block | Warrant

7:54 p.m. Robert Grepo, 24, Foothill Ranch, was arrested on a warrant for battery causing great bodily injury. His bail was $25,000. 

Tuesday, March 14

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Matt Ian Kelly, 29, Newport Beach

Jerry Sean Hill, 48, Beaumont

Nice Lane | 200 Block | False Personation, Drugs, Warrants

9:05 a.m. Charlene Matson, 28, Downey, was arrested for possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, and false personation of another. She was also arrested for two warrants – one for possession of drug paraphernalia and one for theft. Her total bail was $30,000. 

Second Avenue & Jasmine Avenue | Possession of Ammo

2:05 p.m. John T Dinh, 35, Irvine, was arrested for illegal possession of ammunition with $20,000 bail. 

Irvine Avenue & Orchard Drive | Drugs

9:41 p.m. Monte Patterson, 40, Gary, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. 

Baywood Drive & San Miguel Drive | Drugs, Resisting

10:45 p.m. Paul McAdams, 40, Los Angeles, was arrested for resisting officers and for possession of marijuana.